Is the writing on the wall for the future of commercial mixers for home use?
I got to look at one of the new Hobart Legacy 20 quart mixers. I think the older "classic" series will become very sought after by home and semi-professional bakers. since they are "old technology". It's sort of like the older cars that did not have the computers, the complex electrical systems, and most technically advanced new materials like plastics, and carbon fiber etc. The Classics are made of Cast Iron, Machined steel castings, and hardened steel gears and shafts.. and are relatively simple mechanical systems.. Three speed.. not an electronically controlled , variable speed, circuit-board controlled this or that...
Modern materials and technology are nice but they can require more technical knowledge and skill to maintain. They have nice features, but I think for the home or small business bakers, the classics will be the only ones that can be maintained and repaired "at home" at a reasonable price. There will be a time when parts are not available through Hobart, but there will be used parts as we see now and aftermarket companies will meet demands.
Does anybody else get this sense too?
Long Live the Classics!!